24 Faubourg by Hermès 1995

Hi there Perfume Posse! One of my favourites just appeared as if by magic. Today we are smelling 24 Faubourg, an orange blossom with ALL the trimmings and celebrating its 20th year in production in 2015. From the year that brought us Versace Blonde, Le Male by JPG, Poeme by Lancome and Ubar by Amouage: it was a VERY good year for fragrance and all of these are currently FB in my collection 20 years on.

24 Faubourg by Maurice Roucel for Hermès 1995

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Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Bergamot, Orange, Ylang_Ylang, Hyacinth, peach
Heart: Black elder, orange blosson, jasmine, gardenia, iris
Base: Vanilla, patchouli, sandalwood, amber

I often turn to 24 Faubourg at the end of summer. Yes I wear it occasionally through the year but it’s the end of the muggy heat in Sydney that really makes me head for the bottle and spray lavishly. Funnily, this year the bottle is in storage but I did happen upon a decant that I’ve had sitting in a box today from Posh Peasant and as the weather here is still warm enough I thought I go spritz crazy.

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Ooooh! I think this might be a bit older than my bottle. The aldehydes and resins are immediately apparent even before the citrus/fruit zings into focus. WOW! Bright, dense, powerful, rich and glorious are the 5 words I wrote on spritzing, like the Georgia O’Keeffe painting above. It smells heavenly, so full and rich. Is there some animalic stuff not mentioned in the notes? Honey, civet or ambergris? Sexy, sensual and very high octane. My newer bottle has all these ingredients but arranged a bit differently and in what seems to be different doses from memory.

Into the heart the flowers make an exquisite bouquet that creates a perfect frame around the white flowers. So pretty; bold and yet completely wearable. Elegant. 24 Faubourg is like the synthesized juice of the Hermès branding, luxe, elegant, regal yet relaxed and comfortable. Like what the upper classes probably wear to polo or yachting. If ever a fragrance were to announce that you’ve arrived I think 24 Faubourg could be it. I could imagine Princess Diana, who it is said loved 24 Faubourg, arriving at a gala dressed in one of her fabulous gowns, gloves jewels etc and smelling 100% perfection in this.


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After about an hour, maybe a bit less, 24 Faubourg becomes a much tamer animal and slightly soapy. Still fragrant but now it has calmed considerably. Lush floral with amber background and still a lovely animalic purr. I get quite good longevity at 5+ hours. Perfect for most situations but probably a bit full on for work environments unless you use a very light hand.

Further reading: Olfactoria’s Travels and The Perfume Magazine
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What is your Spring or Autumn fragrance fling right now?
Portia xx

  • Kandice says:

    No! I didn’t know this trick. Can you still smell it? I’ll have to give it a try.

  • Kandice says:

    I love this fragrance as well. It can be a little heavy in work situations, but I still wear it. I just use a tiny, little bit 🙂

  • Peppermoon says:

    24 Faubourg is one of my favorites! It’s at the top of my to-buy-list.

  • eldarwen22 says:

    Eventually, I will try this. Right now, I am still on the shopping my collection bit and just started the no buy era.

    • Portia says:

      Hey there Eldarwen22,
      You are sensible. Should you be down at the mall they will have 24 Faubourg on the shelves, they do here. Maybe take a little decant spritz in and ask if you can steal a sample. Usually they are happy to let you.
      Portia x

  • Tara C says:

    Another Maurice Roucel masterpiece. 🙂 Love it.

  • I’m so glad that you love 24 Faubourg as well. This is definitely one of my big loves and I can’t imagine running out of it. I always make a note of what I wore each day and according to my notes, in March, I wore it 10 times so far. I enjoy it all year round. 🙂

    • Portia says:

      Hi there thinkingmagpie,
      It IS a favourite. I don’t think anything has had 10 wears this month, the closest would be my new vintage Shalimar parfum which I keep dabbing on the piece of skin between left thumb & pointer.
      Portia xx

  • Malinda says:

    This is my go-to when I want to feel lush & lavish. I have a teensy decant of the parfum, and it just makes me swoon. I love so many Roucel scents, but this one stays in my Top 10 year around. I’m always nodding my head in agreement when others enjoy it.

  • March says:

    Woohoo! Throwback Thursday!! It’s funny to think of y’all drifting into fall as we are finally/maybe going to see some warmer weather… 24 is more “admire” on me than love — it’s sharpish on my skin — but I owned one for a long time just because I think that bottle is so chic… cheers!

    • Ann says:

      Hear, hear, March! I forgot about that gorgeous, classy bottle — it’s a keeper!

    • Portia says:

      Hey March, I could totally imagine 24 Faubourg on you. What a shame you don’t adore it but there is so much other stuff on the market you’ll never miss it.
      Great to see you.
      Portia xx

  • Ann says:

    Whoo-hoo, Portia! I am doing a happy dance for sure after reading your great post! I just adore 24, and think it’s one of the classiest, richest-smelling scents out there; simply elegant with a capital E. So glad you love it, too! Now I just wish I could wear it to work today, but (sigh) fragrance-free office. 🙁 And how cool that you can wear both iterations of it and enjoy them equally well. Thanks for a real day-brightener!!

    • Portia says:

      Hey there Ann,
      You make me smile.
      Do you ever put a little squirt of fragrance into your body moisturiser? Then you can say it’s not perfume….
      Glad to have brightened your day
      Portia xx